Appalachia 1982-1983

Cloggers and buck dancers; bluegrass and string bands; white gospel groups; stories, folktales, and ballads from coal miners, tobacco farmers, and former bootleggers, filmed in Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and Kentucky. Performers include Ray and Stanley Hicks; union activist and singer Nimrod Workman; fiddler Tommy Jarrell; the ballad singers of Sodom Laurel, Madison County, N.C.; the Piedmont blues stylists John Dee Holeman and Algia Mae Hinton, and the National Sacred Harp Convention in Fyffe, Alabama.

 

     
 
The extended Wootten family of Sand Mountain, Alabama, sing "Present Joys" (#318) from the Sacred Harp. Shot by Alan Lomax and crew, June c. 4-6, 1982, at the home of Chester Wootten.
 
Tom Norman performs "Backstep Cindy," left-handed on a right-handed banjo, with Chester McMillian on guitar at the Fancy Gap Elementary School, Fancy Gap, Virginia. Norman, McMillian, Whit Sizemore and Audine Lineberry (who can be seen in the background) were members of the Shady Mountain Ramblers. Shot by Alan Lomax and crew, July 23, 1983.
     
 
Tommy Jarrell and string band at the Edwards-Franklin House during the annual Sonker Festival, Mount Airy, North Carolina, July 23, 1983.
 
Tommy Jarrell and string band at the Edwards-Franklin House during the annual Sonker Festival, Mount Airy, North Carolina, July 23, 1983.
     
 
Tommy Jarrell and string band at the Edwards-Franklin House during the annual Sonker Festival, Mount Airy, North Carolina, July 23, 1983.
 
Tommy Jarrell and string band at the Edwards-Franklin House during the annual Sonker Festival, Mount Airy, North Carolina, July 23, 1983.
     

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